Employee wellness

Need an energy boost? Take 10
As we continue to battle the cold and snow, you may find yourself with decreased energy levels. If your energy levels are low it may be your first instinct to reach for a sugary drink or candy bar. While these foods will supply you with the fuel to give you a short-term energy boost, they will not have long lasting effects. Try to take 10 instead. It takes as little as 10 minutes of light physical activity to renew your energy and ease stress during your workday or at home.

The next time your energy is low, give some of these suggestions a try:

Take a stand. Get out of your seat and take a 10-minute standing break; something as simple as getting your blood flowing can increase energy levels. Check out some of these desk exercises to do at work.

Go for a walk. Take a 10-minute walk during lunch or enjoy a walking break later in the day. Stepping outside and getting some fresh air can give you an extra boost as well.

Stretch it out. Get up 10 minutes earlier in the morning to stretch. Start and end meetings by stretching, or take time to stretch in the afternoon after you’ve been sitting at your desk for a few hours. View 10 simple stretches you can do anywhere.

TV challenge. When you are watching TV and sitting on the couch for long periods of time, challenge yourself to move more. Get up and try some stretches like touching your toes or reaching high above your head. Commercials are a great time to move!

Design your own 10 minute challenge: Be creative and create your own way that will energize you the most!

To see more tips on how to boost your energy visit HealthPartners Health Information Library.

SPPS employees have access to free counseling services
Have you had a major life change recently? Are you dealing with extra stress in your life? SPPS employees have access to Sand Creek, a free Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to help. Sand Creek offers free, confidential assessments -- up to 4 sessions per year, short-term counseling, referral and follow-up. Professional counselors are experienced in helping people identify and find solutions to personal issues such as:

  • Relationships
  • Financial concerns
  • Parent/child issues
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Job stress
  • Gambling
  • Childcare or eldercare
  • Loss and grief
  • Other life concerns

Using EAP is completely confidential, provided at no cost to you, and is available to both you and your household family members. When you need help with personal concerns, Sand Creek EAP is the place to turn. Contact Sand Creek EAP by phone at 651-430-3383 or 1-800-332-0477, and online at Sand Creek EAP.